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FALL 2016

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8 Fall 2016 Governement Elearning! Microsoft Microsoft Acquires LinkedIn Acquires Microsoft Acquires LinkedIn LinkedIn Microsoft Acquires LinkedIn Microsoft acquired LinkedIn for $26.2 billion. Microsoft's Chief Executive Satya Nadella wants the deal to open new horizons for Microsoft Office and LinkedIn. Currently, professionals use the two entities separately, but his goal is to weave the pieces together and have them work simultaneously. One way this could happen is by connecting LinkedIn to Microsoft Office calendar invites — meeting attendees could get to know more about one another in the same platform. Microsoft also sees opportunities in Lynda.com, which was acquired by LinkedIn in 2015 for $1.5 billion. "This purchase combines the shifting focus of Microsoft to cloud and "This purchase combines the shifting focus of Microsoft to cloud and enterprise capacity with LinkedIn's talent, connection and opportunity enterprise capacity with LinkedIn's talent, connection and opportunity capacity. Microsoft has been focused on the threat that Salesforce poses," said Elliot Masie in his Learning Trends newsletter. "And, LinkedIn "And, LinkedIn provides a deep link to the 'connection' and 'opportunity' slice of organi- provides a deep link to the 'connection' and 'opportunity' slice of organi- zational technology." "From a business perspective, the Microsoft acquisition legiti- mizes the value of 'social' in the business realm. The acquisition shows that beyond consumer social networks like Facebook and Twitter, social networks have concrete value in business," said Eric Ly, former co-founder of LinkedIn in a Predo blog post. "The world's biggest software company just bought the world's biggest professional networking company." News Google App Uses an Intelligent Symptom Symptom Search Search Symptom Search Rather than calling the doctor when immediately getting a head- ache or turning to WebMD's diagnoses, individuals will soon be able use a smarter symptom search from the privacy of their own home for their immediate health care concerns. Although not meant to replace a doctor, Google will bring the smarter symptom search search to the app by combing through the millions of health condi- to the app by combing through the millions of health condi- tions tions mentioned in web results on the platform and then check mentioned in web results on the platform and then check them them against medical information collected from doctors. Google's against medical information collected from doctors. Google's Cloud Machine Learning platform powers voice-command search in the app and could help refine searches bringing better results based on what Google already knows about the individual. —Learn more: https://googleblog.blogspot.com/2016/06/im-feel- ing-yucky-searching-for-symptoms.html ing-yucky-searching-for-symptoms.html Best of Elearning! Finalists Named The 12th Annual Best of Elearning! finalists have been announced. Ninety- nine solutions made the cut for best in class solutions. The Best of Elearning! Awards are the exclusive users choice award in the industry. Over 4000 award in the industry. Over 4000 nominations were tabulated. Discover the Best of Elearning! Award winners in the December 2016 issue of Elearning! Magazine. Growth Is CEOs Priority CEOs and senior-level executives report growth as their main priority with customers now ranking second according to "The Year Of Digital Tenacity," a new report by Gartner. Fifty-four per- cent of respondents prioritize growth, 31 percent said customer satisfaction and 27 percent prioritize the workforce. Despite these findings, a shift is seen on the horizon back to Customer satisfaction. According to Mark Raskino, vice presi- dent of Gartner Fellow, there was a noticeable increase in the word "customer" in the survey responses highlighting rising word "customer" in the survey responses highlighting rising concern over customer satisfaction. CEOs believe their customer value will rise to 46 percent by 2019, but still lagging growth. —Source: www.gartner.com https://www.gartner.com/ —Source: www.gartner.com https://www.gartner.com/ —Source: www.gartner.com https://www.gartner.com/ —Source: www.gartner.com https://www.gartner.com/ —Source: www.gartner.com https://www.gartner.com/ doc/3275917/-ceo-survey-year-digital doc/3275917/-ceo-survey-year-digital 1.5 Billion Windows Users 1.2 Billion MS Office Users 433 Million LinkedIn Members BY THE NUMBERS CEO Top Priority 54% Say Growth –Gartner 2016

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